President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday addressed two rallies in Arua where he canvassed support for Isaac Etuka, the NRM flag-bearer, in the Upper Madi parliamentary by-election.
Because of the vast nature of Arua District, Museveni said the government will give it three units of the recently procured road construction equipment.
The district should now be able to construct and maintain its roads. There is no need for contractors. The government will fuel the machines.
“People of Upper Madi should vote for the NRM. It’s the party that has brought peace and development to Uganda,” Museveni told thousands of supporters who turned up for the rally.
“I noticed majority of the crowds that greeted me are youthful people. If you ask your parents, they will tell you they were once refugees.”
He said today, Ugandans are no longer refugees instead the country hosts refugees because it is peaceful.
“Places like Idraa Village, where I addressed a rally, will soon get electricity,” he said, clarifying that Arua’s problem was that the source of electricity was far and the demand was low.
“But we have now constructed a power station at Nyagak which will address this problem. I also urge the people of Arua to embrace wealth creation. It helps you improve at individual level.”
Museveni said the roads may not be very good but asked: “can a pig refuse to be taken to Nebbi for sale because roads are bad? Development is good but creating wealth for yourself is more helpful.”
He urged Upper Madi voters to support Mr Etuka and promised to return to the district for his victory party once he wins.